IVTIP, the In Vitro Testing Industrial Platform, is an informal platform founded in 1993. Currently it comprises 42 companies from different sectors (assay developers, technology providers, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies), with significant in vitro testing activities. Most of the IVTIP member companies are from Europe, but IVTIP also has members in Brazil, U.S.A. and Israel. IVTIP is a forum where large, medium and small companies come together in an open atmosphere to present and discuss state of the art science and technology. Our members are genuinely interested in applying in vitro testing for (regulatory) safety assessment or for early decision making in product development. They endorse the ‘’The 21st Century Toxicity Testing’’ strategy as the ultimate replacement of animal experimentation for safety testing.
IVTIP members are supportive of the 3Rs. They pursue opportunities in Reduction (of animal numbers) and Refinement (of existing animal experiments) that contribute to the development of Replacement strategies. They also endorse a 4thR: Responsibility towards animals as well as towards the growing demand by society for better ways of assuring safety.
What are the advantages of being a member of IVTIP?
IVTIP holds two scientific meetings a year. One is a members-only meeting and one is an open general meeting where topics of mutual interest are discussed. The topics for the meetings are suggested by the members. IVTIP meetings are characterised by an informal atmosphere with lively discussions. It is our goal to publish the open meeting reports, if appropriate.
The next IVTIP closed meeting will be held 17-18 November 2014 in Monaco. This meeting is accessible for IVTIP members, potential members, and invited speakers.
The next IVTIP open meeting will be in Spring 2015- date, location and topics to be announced later this year.